Home Builders

Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of working with the Shore Consulting team on a number of projects. This year we continued that relationship by sponsoring the annual Sales Leadership Summit. We were excited to spend a couple days with the leading thinkers and doers in new home sales and marketing. The company and […]

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The Marketing Pulse, Stand Out, and IBS 2015

| Dennis O'Neil

It has been a busy 2015, and we’re just getting started. January included both the release of insights from ONeil Interactive’s 4th annual Pulse report and my Stand Out! presentation with Dawn Sadler at the International Builders’ Show. If you were not able to make it to our Sales Central presentation, you can download the […]

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Social media hits its stride.

| Beverly Bankert

If you have been following the annual Marketing Pulse over the past few years, you know we like to keep a close eye on the influence and effectiveness of social media campaigns. As a digital marketing agency specializing in the builder industry, it’s quite exciting to watch the community not only embrace Facebook, Google+,  Twitter, […]

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Mobile vs. Desktop. Who’s on the Ropes?

| Dennis O'Neil

In this final installment of the mid-year 2014 Builder Web Stats report, we dive into the trends of mobile device usage and traffic. Mobile device traffic has been on the rise since we’ve been measuring it, but has more recently hit some major milestones. Watch the video now for a can’t miss perspective on how […]

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Where Social Media wins and Twitter Fails

| Dennis O'Neil

For many many years now, marketers have been beating the social media drum. With hesitation, many home builders have adopted some level of social media in their overall strategy. Even today, and rightfully so, we’re so often asked about the ROI of social media. Does it work? Does it help? What networks do we have […]

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Do you need more traffic? Or the right traffic?

| Dennis O'Neil

All marketing budgets have their limits. I wish we could do it all. There are so many amazing opportunities in digital marketing, deciding where best to utilize those limited resources is not an easy decision. The best answers can only be given based on a personalized review of circumstances and goals, but the question is so […]

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Is a Bounce Good or Bad?

| Dennis O'Neil

We’re now in our 4th year of Builder Web Stats reporting, and this may be the last time we include a global bounce rate statistic. After logging more than 10,000,000 page views, the ability to learn something valuable from this number alone may not be possible. “How does our bounce rate compare with other builders?” […]

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Sales & Marketing Ideas Magazine Jul/Aug 2013

| Dennis O'Neil

If you haven’t yet seen the latest issue of Sales & Marketing Ideas Magazine, I invite you to check it out here. It was a special honor to contribute again to this issue of the magazine. As part of a panel of Internet marketing leaders in our industry, I participated in a Q&A session lead […]

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A Glimpse into the (not so distant) Future? [UPDATED]

| Dennis O'Neil

A few week ago Jeremiah Owyang (@jowyang) tweeted a photo from inside the Hyatt Hotel in Santa Clara, CA. The photo, as you can see below shows how the hotel manager rolls around the hotel while remaining stationary. As you can see, this rolling stand with an iPad mounted on top allows the hotel manager […]

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The relationship the Internet has with the salesperson is a fascinating one. Some salespeople choose to ignore technology. Some fear it. Some choose to fight it. And some choose to work with it. Over the last 15 years, I’ve witnessed first hand the changing role of the traditional salesperson; How the Internet has impacted salespeople like robots impacted the […]

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The Sales & Marketing Pulse 2013

| Dennis O'Neil

It’s back for 2013! As builders work to maximize the full potential of today’s recovering market, everyone is looking for a performance edge. To that end, we are excited to announce The Pulse 2013, a leading edge survey conducted by ONeil Interactive and Shore Consulting. This annual survey represents hundreds of new home sales and […]

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Part One of this series led to quite the discussion and debate. If you’ve not read that post, I recommend you start here first. In this part, I will continue to clarify and expand on my thoughts in hopes the discussion will continue. First, this discussion may be new, but I outlined the underlying issues […]

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I recognize the ever growing popularity of the Online Sales Counselor role. I first saw it nearly ten years ago, and it continues with a slow and steady climb. It has always been my feeling, albeit unpopular, that the Online Sales Counselor role is a short-term solution at best, and at worst, a dependency drug […]

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Every home builder has run into some resistance when opening a new community. There is always a level of community impact from new development, and those unhappy about new growth or redevelopment are often the loudest. While currently limited to commercial projects (and only in DC and Virginia), Fundrise.com is a new platform that has […]

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